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How much a map costs: one law firm accounts for 1/3 of redistricting expenses

BY: - April 25, 2022

As lawmakers consider their next move on redistricting, the overall cost has ballooned to nearly $1.8 million, according to an accounting through April 19 provided by the Legislative Services Commission. The bulk of that expense has been charged to the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, which has accounted for $983,283 going back to August of […]

‘Public safety’ measures that could expand cash bail racing through House

BY: - April 6, 2022

Legislation meant to reverse a state supreme court decision on how judges set bail is progressing rapidly in the Ohio House. The measures could make their way to the floor this week, despite being introduced just 10 days ago. The plan would direct judges to weigh public safety when determining the dollar value for bail. […]

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Ohio Speaker Cupp gets nationally controversial, GOP-aligned mapmaker into redraw process

BY: - March 23, 2022

When Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp proposed Doug Johnson as an “independent mapmaker” to help draw the state’s new court-ordered congressional map, he described him as an long-time veteran who has worked on hundreds of maps and served as an expert witness in redistricting legislation. That barely begins to tell the story. Johnson is among […]

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Ohio redistricting charade continues as GOP again passes more clearly rigged maps

BY: - March 3, 2022

The conclusion that Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission do not want Ohio voters to enjoy free and fair elections is unavoidable. They want to rig the game to enshrine their power and will stop at nothing to do exactly that. They will defy the Ohio Supreme Court while supporters murmur about impeaching the […]

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Redistricting commission insults Ohioans by waiting until last minute to meet

BY: - February 17, 2022

The contempt majority legislative leaders on the Ohio Redistricting Commission are showing to the public by waiting until the last possible day to draw a third round of Statehouse maps is nothing short of astounding. The maps they drew in September were ruled by the Ohio Supreme Court to be unconstitutional gerrymanders. Then the second […]

GOP says ‘attempts’ on partisanship make Ohio Statehouse maps constitutional

BY: - January 28, 2022

The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have said objections to their maps have no merit because they made their best attempt at politically balancing the maps. Democrats on the commission filed their own response in favor of invalidating the second version of the maps, just as those who objected to them want. The […]

Congressional redistricting hits the Ohio Supreme Court

BY: - December 29, 2021

The case of congressional redistricting was heard by the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, where arguments about reforms put in place by voters and the data used by the General Assembly to draw maps framed consideration of districts going forward. Ben Stafford, an attorney representing the National Redistricting Action Fund’s challenge of the congressional maps […]

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How cheating voters with gerrymandering poisons everything

BY: - December 2, 2021

Would you play poker with someone who has taken all the face cards in one deck to deal to themselves while you’re left to get cards from a deck with no kings, queens, jacks, or aces? Would you play Monopoly with someone who gets to start the game pre-owning hotels on Boardwalk, Park Place, Pennsylvania, […]

Senate passes congressional map that continues GOP stronghold over state

BY: - November 17, 2021

Ohio Senate Republicans rushed through a congressional redistricting map Tuesday introduced to the public less than 24 hours before. It was passed out of committee 5-2 along partisan lines before being passed by the whole chamber later in the day 24-7, also along partisan lines. The passage came on the same day a committee who […]

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Ohio government panders to hard-right at expense of fair-minded majority

BY: - October 21, 2021

State government has taken a hard right turn down a dangerous road in Ohio. It’s not where most Ohioans want to go, but that doesn’t matter. The legislature doesn’t answer to us. An extreme minority is calling the shots with GOP lawmakers. Same thing is happening in other states where Republicans, with an absolute lock […]

Redistricting court challenges move forward

BY: - October 11, 2021

The fight over the legislative redistricting maps is ongoing in the Ohio Supreme Court, with a few wins already registered for opponents of the new maps. In the three different cases being considered by the state’s highest court, one from the League of Women Voters of Ohio, another from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and yet […]

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Ohio GOP leaders broke promises, failed us all by creating more rigged maps

BY: - September 23, 2021

The oddest part is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acting as though he’s somehow powerless and had no choice when he voted to rig Ohio elections with partisan, gerrymandered maps for the next four years. After all, he’s only the governor. It’s an absurd position. Maps were proposed to the commission that actually represent the 54-46 […]